Perhaps one of the most controversial topics in the medical community is the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic method. The ethical considerations in hypnotizing someone to cure them are very much talked about. Still, there is no denying that hypnotic induction has therapeutic uses. It has been proven to be effective in treating pain, obesity, skin disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Also, it's been proven effective in modifying the behavior of smokers, athletes, and other patients needing psychological help.
If you are interested in getting trained in hypnosis, either as a method to cure yourself or to be a professional hypnotherapist, here's a list of institutions where you can get certification.
- Banyan Hypnosis Center. This institution offers professional hypnotherapy certification to those who want to pursue a career as full-time hypnotherapists, individuals who want to use hypnosis as part of their therapeutic arsenal, and anyone interest in learning self-hypnosis. Those who will undertake their program will receive certification from the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). What's great about their training program is that you don't have to sit in a classroom to do so. They also offer online and distance learning options.
- Hypnotherapy Academy of America. This institution offers a hypnotherapy certification training course that encompasses the Fundamentals of Therapeutic Hypnosis, Master Hypnotist Training, and Hypnotherapist Training. This advanced program lasts for 550 hours. People who take this course will then have to pass the Hypnotherapist certification exam of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. In addition, the institution offers free introductory classes and seminars on hypnotherapy. There are also continuing education opportunities for certified hypnotherapists in the areas of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), the past regression method, healing and pain control.
- Discover Hypnosis. Hypnosis experts Gill Webb and Kerin Webb lead the staff of Discover Hypnosis. The institute offers two hypnosis programs for those new to the practice, namely the Integrated Hypnotherapy/NLP&Life Coaching Diploma program and Hypnotist Certificate program. Both programs are accredited by The Complementary Medical Association, The General Hypnotherapy Register, The General NLP Register, The Hypnotherapy Association and The Hypnotherapy Society. For hypnosis practitioners, Discover Hypnosis offers the following continuing education opportunities: Indirect Hypnosis Masterclass, Phobia Treatment Masterclass, Smoking Cessation Masterclass, and Weight Loss Treatment Masterclass. Additionally, the institute also offers one-day workshops on past life regression, psychic trance workshop, and Indian head massage.
- American Pacific University. This institution offers a comprehensive hypnotherapy education. This includes the following programs: the Accelerated Weekend Course, Practitioner Certification Training, and Master Practitioner Training. These programs focus on teaching students the fundamentals of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis and Time Empowerment. APU also offers the Master's Degree Program in Transpersonal Psychology. This higher education program is available online, making it easier for hypnosis professionals to take the course.
These are just some institutions where you can get training in hypnosis or hypnotherapy. There are plenty more such institutions across the country, and all you need to do is look for them on the Internet.